11 Gifts for the People You Only See Once a Year


The best part of the holiday season is reconnecting with all those friends and family members you almost never see. Well, that or eggnog. Or reconnecting with them over a glass of eggnog.

One of the hardest parts of buying gifts for people who live far away, or who aren’t so connected to your every day life, is that you don’t always know what to buy. What are their hobbies? What is their shoe size? These are questions you just might not be able to answer.

Luckily, we’ve put together a list of gifts that will work for nearly anyone. Just make sure you spell their name right on the tag!

1. Pretty Potholders

Sweet and simple, these beautiful floral potholders will brighten up any kitchen. They say, “I like you” and “I think you have good taste” and “You should invite me to dinner.”

Get it from Anthropologie for $12.00

2. Macaron Box

Whether you’re basically Martha Stewart or more of a microwave type of gal, macarons are one of the trickiest cookies to make. Leave the complicated baking process to the professionals and send a box of these delicacies. You can pick and choose the flavors, so you’ll feel like you had a hand in the process even if they aren’t technically handmade!

Get it from Macaron Cafe for $35

3. Flowering Tea Set

Tea drinkers will have a hard time going back to Earl Grey after trying this tea that blossoms into a beautiful flower while brewing.

Get it from Numi for $39.99

4. Milk & Honey Ceramic Candle

Mmm. Subtle scents of milk and honey are combined in this sweet-smelling candle. Just light it for 10 minutes and your home will smell like you and your loved ones were slaving away in the kitchen for hours.

Get it from Olivina for $21

5. Monogram Mug

Who doesn’t have a favorite cup they swear by for their morning tea or coffee? These cute monogrammed mugs are a great unisex gift idea that stills feels special since it’s sort-of personalized. Hey, an initial still counts!

Get it from Anthropologie for $8

6. Tree Trunk Planter

This small token of your affection will bring an outdoorsy flair to the home of its recipient. Think about giving it with a bag of seeds for a specific flower or herb that you know they love.

Get it from Anthropologie for $16

7. Handblown Glass Ornament Set

We will love the sparkle and whimsy of these ornaments so much, we’re almost jealous the tree gets to wear them.

Get a set of six from Restoration Hardware for $9

8. Personalized Lazy Susan Serving Plate

There is no better way to put a spin on a serving dish than this Lazy Susan, which can be personally engraved with the names and addresses of your friends and family members.

Get it from RedEnvelope for $150

9. Floor Vase

One of the worst parts about living so far away from your loved ones is that you can’t call on them to help decorate your new home. Make up for missing someone’s housewarming party with this vase, which will add instant class and panache to any space.

Get it from Target for $44.99

10. Scuffette Slipper

This gift takes the warm and fuzzies literally. Lined with wool designed to feel like shearling, these slippers will be the greatest treat to return to after a long day at work.

Get it from Nordstrom for $84.95

11. Chalkboard Glasses

When in doubt, get the person you don’t know what to buy a pretty set of chalkboard glasses. Best of all, these festive ones from Papyrus come already wrapped! Done and done.

Get a set of four from Papyrus for $15.00

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